Why is that relevant?
It is relevant, because although there are quite some blogs dealing with European issues, the number of European bloggers - that is, bloggers writing from an all-European perspective - is quite limited. It is relevant because this discrepancy has an impact on the quality and content of intra-European debates.
In fact, the result is that most of us are discussing European questions from a rather national perspective (and I don't exclude myself) - not necessarily from our own national perspective but at least involving one national perspective.
This is not wrong and reflects a certain reality. However, the result is a rather limited possibility for blogosphere interaction, and while some topics (e.g. the Lisbon Treaty or the the Russian-Georgian war) are able to move many people and many bloggers alike - but even then rather in connexion to national specialities (the Irish "No") than with respect to the substance of European politics - many other European issues only seem to be interesting from specific national angles.
What I want to say is the following: I will continue Euroblogging and reading Euroblogs, but rather in the hope of seeing and achieving more intense European debates in the future, debates that have an all-European dimension. Something, where mentioning an individual country is not really necessary, because it affects citizens and people all over the continent alike. Blogs and articles that are not only about Europe but also from Europe.
But this effort seems not as easy as I have thought when starting to blog. Not least because it is much harder to be a European blogger than just to have a European blog. I think I have to reflect more on the things I am writing about, be more self-critical to the perspectives taken, and should try harder to identify exactly those topics that have this all-European dimension I am looking for. The best thing that came to my mind so far is the "Tracking: European Parliament Elections 2009" category, but it remains a limited subject with a forseable peak in the spring of 2009.
But it needs some more ideas to initiate European debates before they are initiated by the national media. And the question that I keep asking myself is:
Can the blogosphere be a facilitator for "true" European debates - or can we just join them when they have already evolved in the mainstream media?Today, I would answer this question less optimistic than three month ago.